Guest Column: Casey Explains McGinty Endorsement

Bob CaseyKatie McGinty will be a champion for working families. Katie will fight to grow incomes, invest in education and protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The challenge of trying to make ends meet, that working families confront daily, is personal for Katie because she’s lived it. She grew up as one of ten children to a father who was a police officer and a mother who was a hostess at a restaurant. Raised with the values of hard work and sacrifice, she became the first in her family to graduate from a four-year college and has spent her life working to make positive change. From her work in the Clinton Administration through her achievements as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Katie has fought to protect the water our kids drink and the air they breathe.

When President Obama took office, our nation was losing more than 700,000 jobs a month, and during the height of the recession the unemployment rate was higher than 10%. Today, we’re experiencing the longest streak of private sector job growth in our history, some 72 months straight. The unemployment rate is also below 5% for the first time since before the Great Recession, and our economy continues to grow. There’s no question we’ve made progress since the world stared into the economic abyss. But making progress doesn’t mean our work is done. In fact, the wounds from the Great Recession have yet to heal for far too many families. We have a long way to go and this election will be a stark choice: whether we build on the progress made under President Obama to create an economy that works for all, or go back to the same policies that drove our economy into the ditch. Katie McGinty understands this challenge and is ready to fight for the policies we need that will help middle class families.

The most pressing economic challenge of our time is the need to grow incomes for families. For decades, the increasing productivity of our nation’s workers hasn’t been matched with increases in incomes. We need equal pay for equal work, an increase in the minimum wage, and more affordable health care and help for working families to pay for child care, which is increasingly one of the largest expenses families face. I know Katie McGinty will fight for these policies because the belief that every child and every family should have a fair shot at the American dream is part of who she is.

During my time in the Senate, I’ve made early care and learning for children one of my top priorities. I’ve always believed that every child is born with a light inside of them and that it’s the responsibility of every elected official to do all we can to make sure that light shines brightly. It’s more than just the right thing to do. When a child learns more earlier in life, they earn more later. Simply put, ensuring that every child has access to Pre-K is an essential part of the economic foundation of the 21st century. I know that Katie McGinty will be the kind of Senator who prioritizes early education and ensures that every child has the opportunity for a strong, smart start in their life.

If Republicans retain their majority in the next Congress, then the agendas of a President Donald Trump or Ted Cruz and the extreme right could become a reality. Republican Senate candidates across the country are campaigning on an agenda that would allow children who have a pre-existing medical conditions to be denied quality health care by insurance companies, would allow Wall Street to return to the same reckless behavior that crashed our economy and would ensure hundreds of billions in tax cuts for the wealthiest few. If we work to elect Katie McGinty, she will be part of a new majority that will do its job by ensuring future nominees to the Supreme Court are given due consideration.

The Democratic party is fortunate to have three talented candidates running to be the Party’s nominee for U.S. Senate. I’ve thought long and hard about who should be our nominee and I have no question that Katie McGinty is the candidate we need to make the changes that Pennsylvanians deserve.

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  6. Should’ve had one of these April Fools stories about Casey actually doing something in the Senate beside’s being Reid’s yes-man.

  7. Steventodd-

    I know we disagree about Sestak, but for you to pretend that he is to the left of any of those people is ridiculous. Sestak is a Republican in disguise. No chance in hell that he didn’t vote for Nixon, Reagan, Bush I (and probably Bush II, McCain and Romney).

    Joe voted against the majority of Dems in Congress to continue giving Bush a blank check on War funding (May and Dec 2007). Sestak voted for warrantless wiretaps and telecom immunity. Sestak has consistently voted against single-payer health care, including against states doing it themselves.

    Joe can’t be trusted to side with the Dems on key votes, especially war votes.

  8. Honestly I can’t think of a single thing Casey has done in the Senate… nothing.

  9. The last thing our Dem party needs are more Casey / Clinton / McGinty moderates going along to get along while almost everyone in America loses even more ground to the corporate campaign funders.

    It is idiotic enough for We The People to think any two parties can represent even PAs 12M, to say nothing of the US 320M.

    It is unacceptable to this liberal that they be far right and kinda sorta left-of-center.

    #FeelTheBern. Vote Sestak.

  10. I meant to say that no one likes me. It’s true. I am sad. And pathetic.

  11. You’re wrong Jessica, I’ve met David Diano in person and found him to be delightful. I’ve never heard a bad word about him. I also enjoy his posting here and respect him putting it out there under his full name.

  12. She’s never won an election in her life. She should shoot a little lower than ‘establishment’ endorsements. Sestak it shall be beating Toomey in November.

  13. Jessica Myers-

    You posted that 6 hours too early for April Fools.

    But, you got it wrong:
    1) do live in PA, not Virginia.
    2) I’m a cooperative prick, who is willing to work with the party.

  14. Wall street? Has anyone read the speaking fees Hillary took when talking to “wall street” and from the big banks?

  15. Diano — Your characterization of Sestak is precisely how everyone who encounters you characterizes you.

  16. What the heck are you talking about? Fetterman’s work and accomplishments as mayor and with his non-profit are readily verifiable online. He could easily take a salary from his non-profit. I admire that he puts everything he earns back into it.

    He doesn’t have to list his number of siblings on his resume like McGinty. I don’t see Sestak having to lean on that crutch either.

    McGinty took a million dollar payout from the gas industry she once was supposed to regulate. You think she earned that?

  17. Bob Casey-

    It’s okay to admit that part of your reason is that Sestak lives in VIrginia and refuses to work with anyone. His being an arrogant, unreasonable, uncooperative prick is perfectly valid reason.

  18. Shannon you sound desperate, just like your candidate. Silver spoon shrek has been on the warpath against the other two because he knows real blue collar pa democrats wont vote for someone who has never earned a real paycheck to support his family. At least the other two candidates have done something on their own without mom and dad paying for all of it.

  19. Thanks to Captain Nepotism for again reminding us that Katie has lots of brothers and sisters.

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